Today in Hockey History: May 31

Today in Hockey History: May 31

May 31st, 2020 Goaltenders and defenseman grabbed the spotlight through National Hockey League history on May 31. This date was also a very busy day behind the bench across the league while some teams got one win closer to the ultimate prize. Goaltenders Take Center Stage The Edmonton Oilers won their...
Penguins 2019-20 Regular Season in Review

Penguins 2019-20 Regular Season in Review

May 30th, 2020 The year 2020 is one that will never be forgotten in the sports world. The NHL and NBA put their seasons on pause, the MLB was unable to start on time, and the NFL had a fully virtual draft. The international spread of Coronavirus has changed the world for the time being, and we await to watch...

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May 21st, 2020
Penguins History

Two of the greatest dynasties National Hockey League history hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup on this date. May 21 has also seen some big individual performances and final games for future Hall of Famers. A Pair of Dynastic Wins On May 21, 1979, the Montreal Canadiens won their fourth straight Stanly Cup and their sixth of the 1970s. Jacques Lemaire scores a pair of goals in the second period, including the game-winner, in the 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Canadiens defense holds the Rangers to just four shots on goal in the third period and 15 for the entire game. This was the last NHL game for Lemaire, Dryden and team captain Yvan Cournoyer, who all retired during ensuing offseason. Lemaire and Cournoyer won eight Stanley Cups together with Dryden being on board for six of them. Two years later, the New York Islanders won their second of four-straight championships by beating...
May 17th, 2020
Penguins History

May 17 is a very good date for hockey fans on both Long Island and in the Steel City. However, the fans in the Twin Cities did not enjoy this date quite as much as their counterparts out east. An Islanders Kind of Day The New York Islanders ruled the NHL during the first half of the 1980s with four-straight Stanley Cup championships and a fifth appearance in the Final. With that being said, mid-May is a very good time for Islanders' memories. On May 17, 1980, Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin scored twice and added two assists as the Islanders beat the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 6-2, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The win gave them a 2-1 lead in a series they eventually won in six games. Potvin did a lot of damage during the month of May. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images) A year later, Butch Goring scored three times to lead a 7-5 comeback victory over the Minnesota North Stars, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Goring becomes the first player...
May 16th, 2020
Penguins Goaltending

Before the 2019-20 NHL season was put on hold due to the spread of Coronavirus, the big debate within the Pittsburgh Penguins fanbase was ‘who should be the starting goalie come postseason?’ Now with the unsure future of the season, the question changes to ‘which goalie should be re-signed during the offseason?’ Related: 4 NHL Backup Goalies Who Should Be Starters Both Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry are restricted free agents (RFA) at the conclusion of the season, and it is time yet again for a goalie controversy in Pittsburgh. Both goaltenders have shown they are worthy of a starting job in the NHL, with Murray winning back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017 as a rookie, and Jarry becoming an unexpected All-Star. Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) This is not the first time these two have played tug of war with each other over a starting job in their professional careers. In 2015, prior to Murray being called up to the NHL, the...
May 11th, 2020
Penguins History

May 11 has proven to be a big date in the history of the National Hockey League. Some it’s legendary players and coaches had big moments, some for the final time. Franchises with long histories of success have made plenty of memories on this date. The Last Runs for Two Legends The Montreal Canadiens are the most successful team in hockey history and they were able to achieve so much greatness by having so many legends on the ice and behind the bench. Two such legends had their final taste of championship glory on this date. On May 11, 1968, head coach Toe Blake wins the Stanley Cup in his final game in Montreal. The Canadiens beat the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final to win their 15th championship in franchise history. Blake spent 13 seasons behind the Canadiens bench and won eight Stanley Cups. Blake signs his first contract, with David Molson and Sam Pollock (Courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. Molson) Three years later, legendary captain, Jean Beliveau...
May 11th, 2020
Pittsburgh Penguins

In today's NHL rumor rundown, the NHL could be affected based on a decision by their feeder league as the AHL has decided to cancel the 2019-20 season. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche might be talking a trade and the Philadelphia Flyers have questions about where best to allocate limited funds. Finally, will the Edmonton Oilers lose Riley Sheahan if he's asking for too much money? AHL Cancels Remainder of 2019-20 Season The AHL went a step further than suspending their season today when the league announced the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign has been canceled. As a result, there will be no playoffs and no Calder Cup awarded this year. AHL President David Andrews released a statement: After a lengthy review process, the American Hockey League has determined that the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.The League’s operational focus has turned toward actively preparing for the 2020-21 season.We...
May 10th, 2020
Penguins History

Before we begin our trek through all the great National Hockey League moments that occurred on this date, all of us at The Hockey Writers wish a very happy Mothers’ Day to all the moms out there. There are generations of hockey players who never would have achieved their success without the love and support from their “hockey moms.” Bobby’s Big Day Bobby Orr has always enjoyed May 10. Whether he was collecting hardware or scoring iconic goals, he made plenty of history on this date. Orr is a true legend of the game. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) May 10, 1968, Orr was named winner of the Norris Trophy for being voted the NHL’s top defenseman. This was his first Norris win and he went on to win every single one between this date and 1975. His eight-straight Norris Trophy wins are still the NHL all-time record. The closest anyone ever came to repeating this was when Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings won it six out of seven years, between 2001 and...

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